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Battlefield 4 Night Operations & Summer Patch Now Live, Check Out The Full Patch Notes

Yet another massive Battlefield 4 update has arrived on all platforms, breathing new life into the almost two year old shooter from DICE LA.

Today marks the arrival of Battlefield 4’s Night Operations Update and Summer Patch. The former offers brand new content (for free) in the form of a map remake (Zavod 311: Graveyard Shift) that introduces new gameplay elements, while the latter improves the game in a number of aspects while patching up a few bugs.

Below is a list of general patch notes that covers the bulk of Battlefield 4’s Summer Patch, but we strongly recommend checking out DICE LA’s presentation page for new details on Night Operations, gameplay improvements, audio improvements, netcode improvements, and the new team balancer.

After reading up on what’s new, tell us in the comments if you’re back on the battlefield playing Battlefield 4 once again. How are you liking the new night map and other updates?

Battlefield 4 Summer Patch Notes

GENERAL IMPROVEMENTS

  • Fixed a number of known exploits in the game
  • Added the Team balancer (featured) as a default server option for larger modes
  • In Combat
    • Fixed an issue where players were able to spawn on a squad mate under fire (in combat)
    • Removed suppression active check, now only looks at suppression increase as an in
      combat trigger
  • Added the Zavod: Graveyard Shift map
  • Added server preset (Standard, Classic, Hardcore) to the deploy screen
  • Updated soldier animations to fix the issue where viewing players running backwards would
    cause leg popping when changing the movement direction slightly between back-left and backright.
  • Added the ability for all unlocks to be used in unranked servers, this applies to weapons and
    attachments including all premium weapons.
  • Soldier Movement: Slowed down side to side from 0.4 -> 0.35 on soldier sidestep to make that
    movement less jerky
  • Fixed an issue with the pillbox featured in Zavod and other levels. Bipods can now be deployed
    on the window sills of these pillboxes
  • Changed max default spotting distance to 200m on night maps
  • Fixed an issue where players would randomly take damage and even die from walking on certain
    staircases or other slanting objects
  • Fixed an issue where players took damage from vaulting over objects and landing “hard”
    incorrectly
  • PS3: Various crash fixes based on memory optimization
  • ALL CONSOLES: Allow players to leave a squad in game created through the Squad Join feature
  • ALL CONSOLES: Added Night Operations Large, Night Operations and Night Operations Infantry
    quick match selections for the Zavod: Graveyard shift map

NETWORKING

  • Updated server stall detection to better track servers going bad
  • Improved packet loss handling for clients
  • Improved “rubber banding” handling on client and server
  • Fixed an issue where the local player’s health would be incorrect if they took damage while
    regenerating health
  • Changed FrameHistoryTime variable to 1 to prevent dusting on fast moving vehicles (mainly jets)
  • Updated server & client code to support variable tick/simulation rates (featured)
  • Added indicators for current server “tick rate”/simulation rate on loading screen (>30hz only) and
    deploy screen
  • Network status communications suite: Added HUD indicators & warnings for bad or mediocre
    network connections (featured)
  • PC/PS4/XB1: Significantly Improved client to client damage delay by forcing all clients to send
    damage based on framerate instead of simulation rate

AUDIO

  • Enabled Audio obstruction (featured)

PERSISTENCE

  • Added Dog tag that will track players knife kills
  • Fixed an issue where the incorrect numerical value is displayed on MBT dog tags, showing total
    medals earned instead of ribbons
  • Fixed kill tracking on missing Mastery Dog Tags which were added in a previous patch. Progress
    will now reflect overall kills with those weapons

VEHICLES

  • Vehicle turrets
    • Updated turret logic to allow variable simulation rates
    • Added vehicle sensitivity slider for all input devices on all platforms
    • Added new input curves for all vehicle turrets in the game
    • PC: Fixed an issue where turning fast with the mouse would sometimes snap the view in
      the opposite direction/edge
  • Fixed an issue where free look cameras in vehicles were negatively affected by framerate dips
    causing slower than intended movement. Now mimics soldier look accurately.
  • Jet changes
    • Reverted attack jet physics to original setup (313)
    • Fixed an issue where mobility hits would cause a un-salvageable stall
    • Fixed an issue where jets would flip upside down in a jittery fashion when mobility hit
  • Aircraft interior glass got a pass for the Summer Patch. Reflection brightness, glass color and
    opacity have been unified across the board. Reflection brightness has been greatly reduced to
    improve visibility
  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to cause damage to an enemy standing in an open
    seat on any vehicle with any type of missile
  • Fixed the wake effect of jet skis for night vision
  • Reduced brightness of tank FLIR/IRNV HUD from 2 to 0.45.
  • Reduced bloom scale in vehicle FLIR.
  • Increased PLD IRNV range from 300/45 vehicle/soldier to 375/100.
  • All vehicles in Zavod: Graveyard shift now have headlights and interior lights
  • Attack Helicopter Smart rockets
    • Reduced Rate Of Fire to 200 from 300
    • Reduced max turning angle from 30 to 10, tracking less powerful against moving targets
  • Mobile Anti Air
    • Adjusted overheat ratios to be more balanced between 20mm and 30mm.
    • 20 mm has better range and is easier to use thanks to faster bullets
    • 30 mm has more consistent damage thanks to lower spread
  • Lock on missiles – make counter measures more effective and consistent
    • Turn rates reduced to stop missiles from doing instant 180s
    • Reduced time to activate guidance system in most missiles
    • Blast radii has been tweaked up to reduce “dusting”
    • Changed damage type from blast damage to impact damage – for example using IR
      smoke in a tank causing a near miss will no longer damage your tank almost max damage
      from the blast of the near missed missile
  • Hydra rockets, Smart & Zuni rockets now properly damage walls
  • PS4: Fixed an issue where reinstalling the game caused corrupt vehicle customization
  • PS3/PS4: Fixed an issue where vehicle customizations would revert to default after re-formatting
    the PS3/PS4.

WEAPONS

  • Fixed a long time issue where infantry weapons fail to reload properly (looked like they did, really
    didn’t)
  • Decreased tracer frequency for full auto weapons from every one to every third bullet shot
  • Flashbangs
    • Effective angle is now 145 degrees
    • Flash duration reduced for friendlies to 0.6s
    • No longer blinds dead people
    • Increased the suppression effect from flashbang explosions
    • Reduced number of default flashbangs from 3 to 2
    • Updated effect to work exactly the same in dark and light environments
    • Shielded players in vehicles (ex: tank driver) no longer gets blinded – open vehicle seats
      will however
    • Reduced time to live from 10s to 1.5s. This prevents players from dropping flashbangs
      from tall buildings at enemies below
    • Improved target line of sight obstruction testing
  • TV Missiles
    • Soldier damage multiplier is now .3 up from .1. This allows TV missiles to kill soldiers
      without the flak field upgrade outside of road kills.
    • Blast radius increased from 1.5m to 3m
    • Improved the responsiveness and steering slightly
    • Fixed an issue where players would get stuck in mid-air when exiting an Attack Helicopter
      & Attack Boats after firing TV missile
  • Increased SRAW range and top speed slightly
  • Fixed an issue which would cause blue flashes when player fires anti-tank weapon at a bright
    white source, e.g. the sun
  • Tweaked and improved visibility of the night vision optics at night
  • Fixed an issue where the HUD on the UCAV would blink intermittently
  • Tracer polish. Lowered brightness, thickness and length.
  • Reintroduced the AN94 bipod. It will be unlocked by default.
  • Removed extended barrel when using Heavy Barrel on PDWs. Affects MX4, P90, UMP45, and
    UMP9.
  • Added blinking red light to M15 AT mines to increase visibility in night map (and other dark areas)
  • Renamed all the mentions for RPK-74M to RPK, and renamed L96A1 to L115
  • Fixed an animation issue with the Mare’s Leg in 3rd person
  • Mare’s Leg: Added heavy barrel option, which can lower the spread from .2 to .1
  • M26 Dart: Increased pellet count to 19 from 12 to bring in-line with M26 MASS
  • Decreased headshot multiplier for revolvers/slugs/Desert Eagle from 2.35 to 2.13. This prevents
    pump action slugs from being able to one hit kill at infinite range and keeps Mare’s leg one hit kill
    headshot at ranges below 40m
  • L86: reduced horizontal recoil from 0.185/0.185 to 0.16/0.16
  • Zeroing fixes
    • CS5 add 1.004 initial bullet speed (y axis). Change displayed Zero from 100m to 75m
    • AS Val 1.41929 initial bullet speed (y axis). Changes zero from 50m to 35m, consistent
      with other suppressed PDWs
    • Groza-4: 1.41929 initial bullet speed (y axis). Changes zero from 30m to 35m.
    • AK5C: unsuppressed bullet velocity reduced from 630 to 620. Changes zero from 61m to
      60m. Consistent with other carbines
  • “Head-glitch” fixes
    • Added fix (spawn bullets from closer to barrel) on all four M26 variants.
  • Added a new JDAM explosion effect

GAME MODES

  • Gun Master fixes
    • Fixed an issue where the tension music remains after a user that reached last level quits
      the session
    • Fixed an issue where stats wouldn’t get tracked properly
    • Fixed an issue where using gun emplacements could cause a server crash
    • Added live scoreboard functionality
    • Updated Gun Master to display infinite magazines in the HUD

BATTLELOG

  • Removed requirement for Google Chrome plug-in support as Origin now provides that
    functionality. (You will be able to download and update your Battlefield 4 client now, but this
    feature will be activated at a later date.)

MAPS

ZAVOD: GRAVEYARD SHIFT

  • Enabled ladders for all modes except Defuse and Gun Master

ZAVOD: 311

  • Fixed an exploit where players could leave the game world
    Enabled ladders for all modes except Defuse and Gun Master

OPERATION WHITEOUT

  • Optimized memory usage

OPERATION LOCKER

  • Xbox 360: Optimized memory usage

GOLMUD RAILWAY

  • Fixed pink I beam on a collapsible building

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